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Immaterial Ideas and the Philosophy of Leibnitz

“German philosophy had its inception with Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz, whose theories are permeated with the qualities of optimism and idealism. …
“Matter reduced to its ultimate particles ceases to exist as a substantial body, being resolved into a mass of immaterial ideas or metaphysical units of power: to which Liebnitz applied the term monad. Thus the universe is composed of an infinite number of separate monadic entities unfolding spontaneously through the objectification of innate active qualities. All things are conceived as consisting of single monads of varying magnitude or of aggregations of these bodies, which may exist as physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual substances. God is the first and greatest Monad: the spirit of is an awakened monad in contradiction to the lower kingdoms.” ~Manly P. Hall

Gottfried Leibnitz

To be honest, I had never heard of Leibnitz until I read the brief blurb on him in the book on philosophers by Manly P. Hall. Now that I have briefly looked at some of his ideas, I can understand why.

Leibnitz, while seeming to express some spiritual beliefs in the text quoted, seems to be more of a materialist than a spiritual philosopher. One of his most famous quotes is that this world is the best of all possible worlds. Most spiritual philosophers would disagree. Nonetheless, what he says in the quote is both true, and a little shocking.

Leibnitz and Quantum Physics

When Liebnitz proposed the idea that when you look deep into the particles of which material objects are made, and go down to the smallest of these, you find no particles at all, but only, in his words, ideas and “metaphysical units of power”. In other words, it all resolves into energy, or light. But his inclusion of ideas as part of it indicates that thought has some control over the form this matter takes.

In modern quantum physics, matter is found to be nothing more than energy and light and the universe that most still believe to be so substantial, nothing more than a hologram. That is almost exactly the same thing Liebnitz said 400 years ago! Now lets consider what this philosophy means to us today. Continue reading “Immaterial Ideas and the Philosophy of Leibnitz”

Universal Life

Universal Life and a Living Universe

“The idea of Universal Life composed of individual atomic lives is one of the oldest teachings of esoteric philosophy, and the very modern hypothesis of modern science1, that of crystalline life, is the first ray from the ancient luminary of knowledge that has reached our scholars. If plants can be shown to have nerves and sensations and instinct (but another word for consciousness), why not allow the same in the cells of the human body? Science divides matter into organic and inorganic bodies, only because it rejects the idea of absolute life and a life-principle.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Universal Life

There are two possible meaning to the ides of universal life. One is simply that life is common throughout the universe. That is generally accepted by science and most people. Yet is needs to be looked at with greater detail. The other interpretation of universal life is that all things are living, even if they don’t meet the generally accepted theories on life. If you combine both concepts, you get a universe made entirely of the living, in one form or another. This is a lot harder for many to accept. A truth, however, remains true, even if the majority rejects it.

Universal Life in all Things

The idea that all things are alive is generally rejected by science. Yet science cannot say exactly what life is. Nor can they say when life starts or what is the smallest thing to be alive. This much they do accept: there are single-celled plants and animals that are alive. This tells us that, with a few exceptions, all cells in our body are alive (more on the exceptions later). Continue reading “Universal Life and a Living Universe”